Land Sea & Water

First Nation wins commercial fishing rights

The 10-year legal fight over fish and shellfish fisheries wound its way to the Supreme Court of Canada.

After a challenge by the Canadian and British Colombian government the appeals court upheld the ruling, saying the Nuu-chah-nulth had long-standing trade networks, and that trading in fisheries resources was part of the culture around the time of first contact.

First Nations and Peoples of Australia can now use this case as a legal precedent. Read more about First Nation wins commercial fishing rights

ILUA (Indigenous Land Use Agreement) = Indigenous Land Under Attack

In a media release, Michael Anderson, spokesperson for the Sovereign Union said Native Title lawyers and anthropologists are deceiving claimants of their true Native Title rights and interests.

The NSW Native Title Corporation Representative body (NTSCorp), the majority of Native Title lawyers and anthropologists fail to inform the various Native Title applicants and claimants that their Law and custom incorporates, and is inclusive of, all flora and fauna that lives in, and belongs to, their territories.

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Goomeroi People call for a mining freeze on sacred lands

One of the largest black states in the country calls for a freeze on all mining and development on their ancestral lands.

More that 400 Native Title claimants met in Tamworth to discuss Goomeroi business on the weekend.

Representatives said that they are looking at options to stop ministerial decisions which approve mining in the region.

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Don't sign your sovereign rights away with ILUAs

Michael Anderson, spokeperson for Sovereign Union warns Aboriginal and Torres Strait people against signing Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUA), saying they cede their sovereignty for a few crumbs if they do.

"In Australia we have reached a very important time in our history. We must come together as distinct sovereign nations to jointly locate a national perspective on our sovereign rights," he writes. Read more about Don't sign your sovereign rights away with ILUAs

John Howard recognised continuing Aboriginal sovereignty in his Ten Point Plan for limiting Native Title


Former PM, John Howard

With the passage of time it is now painfully obvious that former Prime Minister, John Howard, fully realised that Aboriginal peoples maintain a very powerful position in Australia, so much so, that by amending the Native Title Act in 1998 he demonstrated the inherent power of Aboriginal peoples, which stems from our continuing sovereignty.

Having now reviewed his Ten Point Plan it is important for us, as First Nations Peoples, to revisit John Howard’s amendments and what they meant.

Howard’s Ten Point Plan promised ‘bucket loads’ of extinguishment of Native Title after the Wik decision, in which the High Court found that Native Title continued to exist on pastoral leases in Queensland. This sent the Howard government into a fervent need to create ‘certainty’ for the non-Aboriginal landholders, driven by the fear in existing landholders of our continuing connection to Country.

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